CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Lipscomb Bisons tennis team will make a trip to Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday to face SIU-Carbondale at 2 p.m.
SIU-Carbondale will enter the match at 3-5 and coming off of consecutive wins. The Bisons are familiar with Carbondale as they faced last year with Lipscomb falling 7-0. Hernandez feels this will be a good match to come into off of last week.
“This will be a good match for us to bounce back after a tough week last week,” Hernandez said. “I’m hoping and I really think that our preparation from this week will carry into the match tomorrow.
“I’m expecting the guys to really step up and bounce back after last week and really put in a good effort. I’m really excited for the match. It will be a great one for us to compete and battle in.”
The Bisons (6-4) will look to get back to their winning ways as they dropped both matches over the past weekend.
A bright spot in last weekend’s matches was sophomore Rob Mitchell who picked up big wins against Samford. Mitchell’s efforts were rewarded as he picked up Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honors.
“He’s been a rock for us,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “He’s always one of our hardest workers. Sometimes your one and two guys are your more talented guys but they don’t work as hard but with Rob that’s not the case.”
Coach Hernandez is looking for his guys to bounce back this weekend but wants the last two losses pushed out of mind.
“I think it is important (to bounce back) but I don’t want to focus to much on the result,” Mario Hernandez said. “I want us to focus on what we’re doing and I think I think that will taken care of itself.”
Hernandez also saw no let down from his team and feels they had their best week of practice coming into this weekend.
“I think the guys practiced extremely well,” Hernandez said. “I think the focus is there to get mentally and get better tactically. We’ve done it in practice all week.
“I really think this was our best week of practice and usually that translates well into the match but it’s up to the guys and it’s up to Geoff and I as coaches to make sure we’re doing those same things on match day.”